Last month I posted the Wheelgun Wednesday photo. Here is a wheel of guns but of a slightly different variety. These are shotguns by Blackaces Tactical. As you can see in the photo, they are magazine fed pump action shotguns. Blackaces Tactical offers a unique firearm that is cleverly classified as only FIREARM. Normally Shotguns are classified as smooth bore and having a barrel be 18.5 inches or longer. Any barrel shorter than that is either considered a short barreled shotgun (SBS) or Any Other Weapon (AOW). The Blackaces Tactical took a look at what criteria the ATF determines a certain classification of firearm. So their DT series firearms actually falls into loop holes of what it can’t be so it can only be classified as firearm.
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Here is how it works, it is not a shotgun because it is not shoulder fired and the barrel is too short. So then it must be AOW right? Nope, overall length makes it not AOW. It is not a Pistol since it has a vertical grip. Pistols cannot have vertical grips. Since the characteristics of the DT series firearms do not fit into any specific category, the ATF determined that it must be simply a firearm. So you don’t need a tax stamp for it. Rather clever.



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  • Anonymoose

    It is the logical extreme of what the guys at Shockwave have done with their Raptor Grip, and the old Speedfeed pistol grip. Franklin Armory also does the same thing with short-barreled ARs.

  • alex waits

    I’d rather have a model that wasn’t mag fed, or side folding.

    • Xtorin O’hern

      so…. a normal shotgun?

      • Alex Waits

        No…. a “firearm” that has a barrel of less then 18 inches that I don’t have to pay a 200 dollar tax and submit myself to increased regulations..that is tube fed.

        • Xtorin O’hern

          ahh i see now

        • PK

          So a Mossberg with a 14″ factory barrel and a slightly stretched bird’s head grip, basically. I can’t recall which companies offer exactly that configuration, but they were extremely popular for a while.

          • RICH

            If I’m not mistaken that would be classified as an AOW by ATF and it requires a tax stamp with a cost of $5. Not Too bad, but still….! The sad thing is that if you add a stock it becomes a ‘short barreled shotgun’ and the tax stamp jumps up to $200. ATF Craziness…..

          • PK

            You’re mistaken. A M500 with a slightly longer grip and a 14″ barrel but no stock can’t be an SBS, no stock. Can’t be an AOW, too long (26″ or over), isn’t a handgun, and isn’t a rifle. It’s simply a “title one firearm” and transfers the same way a stripped receiver does.

          • Cymond

            Shockwave makes an extended grip that will bring a Mossberg with a 14″ barrel over 26″ overall. They call it the Raptor.

          • Richard

            Asylum weaponry I think.

        • David Harmon

          I want the NFA to be repealed.

          • RICH

            Maybe the NRA can convince President Trump (that has a good ring to it !) repeal the 1934 NFA act ! ! The only down side would be the few ‘goodies’ I’m lucky enough to have would depreciate quite a bit ! !

          • David Harmon

            Yes, they might, but they would also have collector value for being so old.

          • RICH

            I would hope only !

  • DanGoodShot

    They put these out last year… just AFTER the CT “assault weapons” ban… grrrrrr. I want one.

  • Cymond

    Yeah, it’s cool that it isn’t NFA, but Black Aces charges so much that it’s cheaper to get an actual SBS or AOW, assuming you live somewhere that’s an option.

  • MadMonkey
  • Dave D

    I know these have been around awhile now. But they sure remind my of the English pistols we saw in a recent article with their wire weights behind the grip to make the overall length. Same thing going on here to get around the NFA.